$225K Purse Announced for 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships
USA Pickleball
by Meredith Painter
1w ago
  Members competing in professional events have the opportunity to secure prize money.    PHOENIX — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S., announced a $225,000 purse for the 2024 BioFreeze USA Pickleball National Championships on Nov. 9-17 at the Arizona Athletic Grounds in Mesa, Ariz. USA Pickleball members competing in professional divisions will have the chance to vie for prize money across three competitive divisions including: Pro, Champions Pro and Masters Pro. “The significant prize purse reflects USA Pickleball's commitment ..read more
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USA Pickleball Announces Select Series in Five Regional Locations for Members to Compete Between July and October
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by Meredith Painter
1w ago
Inaugural Select Series invites players to hone their skills on the court.  USA Pickleball announced five regional events as part of the inaugural 2024 USA Pickleball Select Series. Competitions will take place between July and October in Virginia, Alabama, California, New Jersey and Colorado. “We’re excited to offer the USA Pickleball Select Series for our members to continue to hone their tournament skills in five great locations,” said Mike Nealy, CEO of USA Pickleball. “Whether it’s a players first tournament or their third, we want to ensure our members have the opportunity to comp ..read more
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USA Pickleball and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan Announce Partnership Agreement In Celebration of National Dairy Month
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by Meredith Painter
1w ago
PHOENIX — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S., today announced a new partnership with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). The partnership coincides with June being National Dairy Month. UDIM will serve as USA Pickleball’s Official Refuel Beverage, along as the official Pickleball in Schools partner. The partnership centers primarily around the objective of introducing pickleball to schools in Michigan through the integrated training of PE teachers and fueling students by highlighting dairy nutrition. “This partnership with the United ..read more
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USA Pickleball staff hosted USA Pickleball Serves clinic for over 70 local youth at Scottsdale / Paradise Valley Family YMCA
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by Meredith Painter
1w ago
USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S., hosted an introductory USA Pickleball Serves clinic for over 70 local youth today at the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Family YMCA in Arizona. YMCA youth between ages 5 to 12 received a one-hour introductory pickleball session led by USA Pickleball staff to learn fundamentals of the game and try their hand at the fastest growing sport in America. Youth rotated through a series of drills that helped to facilitate the development of specific pickleball skills which focused on improving ball and paddle coordinatio ..read more
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USA Pickleball and Camp Catanese Hosted Pickleball Clinic For Underserved Students At ASU West Valley Campus
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
Five USA Pickleball Ambassadors shared their love of the game with campers, and sent them home with balls and paddles to continue playing. USA Pickleball Serves, the charitable arm of USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body of pickleball in the United States, partnered with Camp Catanese, a local non-profit, to host an introductory pickleball clinic for 60 underserved 7th - 12th grade students during the Camp Catanese Summer Camp on Thursday, May 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at ASU West Valley Campus. Camp Catanese students experienced a one-hour introductory pickleball session led by USA ..read more
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Pickleball Proved the Ideal Family Sport For the Clarks, and Now the Kids Won a Golden Ticket for Nationals
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
The Clark kids won their mixed doubles title over the weekend in Macon, Georgia, while their parents took third place. By Bob Reinert Red Line Editorial Pickleball has long been known as a perfect family sport. For proof of this, you need look no further than the Clarks of Inlet Beach, Florida. The young Clark family — Jonathan and Marilyn, as well as their 9-year-old son Marshall and 7-year-old daughter Laine — have bonded on the court over the past couple years. “It’s a treat to be able to step away and play pickleball and be together,” said 40-year-old Marilyn. “I hope it is an encourag ..read more
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Provisional Approval of Rally Scoring For Singles
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
Provisional Approval of Rally Scoring: Provisional rules for rally scoring for singles have been approved by the USA Pickleball Board of Directors, effective May 1, 2024. Please see below for more information on rally scoring: What is Singles Rally Scoring? Rally Scoring is an alternative scoring system that can be used during singles play. Rally scoring has been gaining in popularity due the risk reward style of play.  Conventional side out scoring is still in effect.  By USA Pickleball granting provisional approval for Rally Scoring, it simply gives players and tournaments the opt ..read more
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Growing the Game at the Youth Level in Southern Arizona, One Pickleball Event at a Time
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
USA Pickleball Ambassador, Lenny Friedman, a former middle school math teacher, teaches the game and coordinates tournaments around southern Arizona. By Stephen Hunt Red Line Editorial Lenny Friedman started playing pickleball in 2011, a few years before moving to Arizona full-time. Since making the move, he’s increasingly tapped into his teaching background to introduce the game to others, including both senior citizens and now children, too. “I started pickleball in my community where I taught 300 senior citizens and introduced the sport here,” he said. “Got the developer to put 16 court ..read more
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USA Pickleball Statement on De-Certified JOOLA Paddles and Equipment Testing Standards
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
To our valued USA Pickleball community -- As pickleball’s governing body in the United States, USA Pickleball takes its certifications, rules and regulations seriously to ensure integrity and fairness for all players. On May 14 and 15, JOOLA informed USA Pickleball that JOOLA submitted the wrong paddles for certification in November 2023. As a result, USA Pickleball promptly de-listed the affected paddles from its Approved Paddle list. Paddles that do not appear on USA Pickleball’s Approved Paddle list are not certified for use in USA Pickleball-sanctioned tournaments. Since de-listing, JOOLA ..read more
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May 16 Statement from USA Pickleball on Governance in the Sport
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by Melissa Zhang
1M ago
For more than 40 years, USA Pickleball has been proud to serve as the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the United States. Founded in 1984, USA Pickleball has been at the forefront of all things pickleball, including facilities, rules, recreational growth and hosting the sport’s premier National Championship. USA Pickleball was founded as an all-volunteer organization at the inception of the sport, expanding its popularity over the decades into becoming the fastest-growing sport in America. USA Pickleball stands committed to the integrity, ethics and promotion of pickleba ..read more
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